Jason Goldberg (born c. 1972) is an American film and television producer.
He got his start as a producer on the film Homage with Blythe Danner in 1994. Next, he produced Cafe Society with Lara Flynn Boyle and Peter Gallagher. He, along with actor Ashton Kutcher, runs a production company, Katalyst Films.
Goldberg married actress Soleil Moon Frye on October 25, 1998. Their first child, daughter Poet Rose Sienna Goldberg, was born on August 24, 2005. Their second child, daughter Jagger Joseph Blue, was born on March 17, 2008.
Goldberg is on the Board of Directors for EMA, an environmental action group based in Los Angeles.
He often works with Ashton Kutcher.
TV’s Next Hit May Come from the Country’s Fringes
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The company also has a reality series, and other shows, in development.
- Guess Who: Kutcher starred in this 2005 movie, a twist on Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner.
- Beauty and the Geek: This reality show on the CW network, which debuted on the WB in 2005, pairs lookers and nerds to compete in challenges for prize money.
- The Butterfly Effect: Supernatural thriller, released in 2004, starred Kutcher as a man who learns more about the memory blackouts he suffers.
- Punk’d: The MTV reality series, with Kutcher playing pranks on his celebrity friends, first aired in 2003.
A partial list of upcoming Katalyst projects:
- Adventures in Hollyhood: Reality series about rap group Three 6 Mafia, airs on MTV in April.
- Game Show in My Head: In this game-show pilot, contestants interact with unsuspecting participants on the street.
- Daisy Dooley Does Divorce: Comedy is in development at ABC.
- Sources: IMDB and Katalyst
You might be more apt to try something new — and that makes you the kind of viewer that most television program sponsors would love to reach. The question is, how?
Television producer Jason Goldberg has done a decent job of figuring that out. With actor Ashton Kutcher, Goldberg created the MTV hit Punk’d, an update of Candid Camera where the prank victims happen to be celebrities.
Punk’d was such a hit when it debuted in 2003 that MTV ran half-hour episodes 50 times a week.
Now, Kutcher and Goldberg’s Katalyst Films is looking for its next big success. Katalyst deploys “street teams,” or hipster lookouts who watch kids in places you might not expect, such as Oklahoma and industrial cities in the Midwest.
In those more remote areas, kids feel so alienated and overlooked that they are inventing their own culture.
This, Goldberg says, is where the next big TV/Internet hit lies. His tip: To find something new that will capture 18-to-24-year old viewers, look to the outsiders.
Goldberg doesn’t claim to know the fate of networks, and the mode of programming delivery at this point remains fluid. But he does have one prediction to make: “I do feel that content will always be king.”